Thursday, July 30, 2015

Barking Mad

Top:  Zara ~ Shorts:  J.Crew ~ Shoes:  Nike ~ Sunnies:  Old Navy

When I was a kid I knew that the world was this huge place and I would one day grow up and contribute in some way.  My only job was to find something I really loved and work really hard at it.  I would then live happily ever after...simple right?  Fast forward a few years and that same mind set is still there, but the world has become a much more colorful place.  What if up was really down, and left was really right??  As my future plans begin to unravel I feel my emotions begin to as well.  I ask myself on a daily basis,"What if I'm not suppose to do this?  What if I'm not good enough?  What if my life was different?".  What if's flow through my head all day long, and they become this tornado of doubt and fear that make me just want to stop and scream.  But the thing is, all they are is a bunch of "what if's".  

I use to think we were all put on this planet to use our gifts and talents and go after one goal, EHHH (imagine a huge buzzer going off), wrong answer.  I think each and everyone of us were uniquely and wonderfully made to do many things in this lifetime.  Why must we limit ourselves to one goal or one passion?  Once I figured this out the 500 lb elephant sitting on my shoulders finally got up to go burden someone else.  Why should I stress about having the perfect well planned out life?  Honestly what is perfect anyways?  I think the end goal is to just be happy.  If right now that means chasing a crazy dream, by all means run as fast as you can!

From my time in Europe I feel like I have developed a bit of a shift in my style.  I am much more attracted to neutrals and simple ensembles, especially since it has been so hot.  I love how light and simple this top from Zara is.  It easily goes with a pair of denim shorts or with a sleek pair of black skinnies.  I bought my Nike's back in January and I am casually trying to incorporate them into my everyday style more.  All in all this outfit is comfy, cool, and trendy...all of which make up the perfect summer outfit.

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fiesta Night


As most of you know, my birthday was on the ninth.  What you probably didn't know is that my friend Katie's birthday was the day after mine...so naturally we threw ourselves a fiesta.  Homemade margaritas...check, tortillas made from scratch...check, delicious fruit tart...check, sombrero...CHECK.  With all the necessities at hand, our fiesta was one for the books. I love making my friends go along with themed dinners.  It's such an easy way to add a little fun to your summer get togethers.  I hope you all are having a great summer so far!  As for me, well lets just say I'm still rocking the Sombrero.

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Twenty-One


To be happy, feel young, and act fearlessly were the goals I set for myself last year when I turned twenty.  One year later I'd say I did a pretty good job at maintaining those goals.  I got a new job, traveled the world, and made some incredible memories.  The whole week leading up to my birthday was so memorable, starting with my brother surprising me by flying in from California!  We spent some time with my family in Memphis, my grandfather drove down to Nashville to see us, and I shared many laughs with my old high school friends.  

I have been so incredibly blessed this year, and being surrounded by my closest friends and family on my birthday made that perfectly clear.  Friends from all over the state travel to Chattanooga to celebrate with me on my big day.  We brunched and then later went to one of my favorite restaurants, all while sharing old memories and new fits of laughter.  This year I'd like to keep last year's intentions but I'd like to focus on keeping that blessed and loved feeling always in check.  Life can be scary and challenging at times, but it helps to always know you have the love of friends and family in your corner.  Let everyday feel like it's your birthday!

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lemons as Big as Your Face


How my time in Italy has gone by so quickly honestly amazes me.  It feels like just yesterday I was sipping wine and dodging street vendors.  Now I have moved in to my new house in Chattanooga, I turned 21, and I am slowly getting back to my life.  It is amazing how easy it was to adjust back to "normal", and how my trip seemed to fade into memories.  Every now and then I still find myself day dreaming about my time abroad, and lately my time in the Amalfi Coast has become the object of my reflection.  My weekend was spent in Positano, Capri, and Pompeii, and like I'm sure you've already guessed, every bit was magical.  The sea, the sun, and lemons as big as your face... what could be more perfect than that?

Most of the weekend was spent by the water.  Private boat tours, cliff diving, The Blue Grotto, and simply soaking up the sun made for a very memorable time on the coast.  We explored the ancient city of Pompeii and ate pizza from it's birth place.  During our time we also visited a store that specialized in custom handmade sandals...and of course I bought a pair.  Every bit of my time on the coast was dreamlike and I feel like it wrapped up my time in Italy perfectly.

I will be forever grateful for my time abroad.  The friendships I have made, the lessons I have learned, and the adventures I have had have truly been one in a million.   I came to Italy looking for answers about myself and of this crazy world we live in, and I left only wanting to know more.  I encourage you to look past your front porch and explore more about the life around you.  I'm not saying hop on a plane and say peace out America, but life is too short to not challenge ourselves or always wonder what if.  Never stop wondering, and NEVER stop wandering. 

Ciao!
Mollie Anna

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Belhaven Best


Our flight from Dublin left at 6am and landed us in Edinburgh around 7am.  When we arrived at the city center everything felt very dream like.  Edinburgh looks like you just stepped into a fairy tale.  Walking down to cobblestone streets you see ancient architecture on every corner, bagpipes whistling in the air, and the almighty highlands rolling in the distance.  Our first stop was the Edinburgh castle.  We toured the grounds and learned a lot about the history of Edinburgh, glanced at the crown jewels, and admired the city from high up.  As we left the castle we passed by St. Giles Cathedral and decided to peak inside.  Our timing could not have been more perfect for when we walked inside the choir had just begun to practice.  We sat in the pews in awe of the sound and of the cathedral.

We were getting hungry at this point so we went in search of the famous Elephant cafe, home of Harry Potter.  This cafe is where JK Rowling actually sat and wrote many of the Harry Potter books.  Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood, so seeing where it all started was quite a treat.  In the bathroom people from all over the world have written messages to JK Rowling thanking her for her magical novels.  It is touching to me that so many people from so many different parts of the world can come together and bond over one thing.

We continued our Harry Potter tour by visiting Greyfriars Kirkyard, a graveyard behind the cafe.  In this graveyard stands the headstone where JK Rowling got the inspiration for the name Tom Riddle.  We searched the graveyard and eventually found it, and sure enough it read,"To the memory of Thomas Riddell".  Once again, it was a very cool moment for my inner thirteen year old.  We left the graveyard and explored the city some more and eventually stumbled upon a Barbour store.  If you are unfamiliar with the brand they are a high quality ready to wear fashion brand based in the UK.  They are know for their durable jackets and timeless designs.

I have wanted a Barbour jacket for quite some time now, and where a better place to buy it than in UK?  I bit the bullet and purchased a beautiful navy quilted jacket with tartan lining.  It was perfect timing too because the wind had begin to pick up at this point and I needed something warmer for our next stop.

Nina and I decided when in Scotland you must see some rolling hills, so we braved the chilling winds and climbed to the top of Aurther's Seat.  The view was unbelievably breath taking and well worth the hike.  From where we stood we could see the entire city, the coast, and a bit of the highlands.  I sat on one of the rocks and simply marveled at all of the beauty before me.

when we hiked back down it was around four so we headed to our hotel to check in.  Once we were in the room we immediately passed out on the bed.  I checked my phone and it read that we had walked a total of eighteen miles that day, so a nap was well deserved.  When we woke we got dressed and went out to discover the historic Dean Village. It was such a charming part of town with its many quaint cottages.  we walked through the village a bit then decided it was time for dinner.

We walked to a quieter part of town and found a pub filled with locals, all over sixty.  We had so many pounds left we decided to splurge on dinner.  That night we enjoyed a four course meal including haggis and the best beer i've ever had, Belhaven Best.  Once our stomachs were full and our pockets were empty we decided we needed something to commemorate the weekend.  So after we paid we hid our pint glasses in our jackets, and casually left the pub.  We laughed all the way home so proud of our new souvenirs.  The next morning we hailed a cab to the airport, and the drive there was beautiful.  The sun was just beginning to rise as we past fields of flowing grass and grazing sheep.  I will always have a special place in my heart for Scotland and Ireland.  I hope to return again some day, but until then I suppose my memories will have to do.

xoxo
Mollie Anna
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